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DNP Student Recognized by INA

Current Doctor of Nursing Practice student and former University of Iowa Association of Nursing Students (UIANS) president Dan Lose has been selected to receive the Hector Perez Award from the Iowa Nurses Association (INA).  

Established in 2001 and named after Hector Perez, RN, ARNP (1953-2001)—who represented the role of men in nursing and demonstrated a commitment to improve methods in nursing to address the varied cultural needs of patients and members of the profession—the award is presented annually to an Iowa Registered Nurse who is a member of a minority group in the profession and has made a significant contribution to nursing in a clinical setting.

“Throughout the first few years of my career, I have been very fortunate to work with and learn from many great nurse leaders,” said Lose. “I am very honored to be this year's recipient of the Hector Perez Award. Mr. Perez provided a wonderful example of what it means to be a professional nurse. He was constantly trying to improve our practice and help those around him.”

Lose is the youngest male nurse to receive this award, which will be presented to him at INA’s annual conference in Waterloo in mid-October. 

“In addition to clinical practice, I believe that it is important to volunteer on committees, task forces, and run for professional organization leadership positions. Much like Mr. Perez, I strive to bring a diverse perspective to the table and encourage other young men to consider a career in nursing,” added Lose. “To be recognized as a Hector Perez Award recipient at this point in my career is humbling, but I am excited to see what new experiences lay ahead in the future.”  

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The Iowa Nurses Association advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, lobbying the Iowa Legislature on health related issues, and promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace. For more information, visit

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Oct 3rd, 2014